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Will Take Charge's Resilience Pays Off in Travers

Friday, August 30, 2013 7:00 AM

Classic trials apart, in the U.S. the championship-defining contests for straight 3-year-olds are usually the three Triple Crown events plus the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) and the Travers Stakes (gr. I). Prior to the weekend, the first four events had taken place and had been won by four different horses: Orb (Kentucky Derby, gr. I), Oxbow (Preakness Stakes... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Aug 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

A Key Ancestor for Encosta de Lago

Monday, June 10, 2013 3:45 PM

While he is now considered an "elder statesman" of the Coolmore Australia stallion roster, there can be no doubt that Encosta de Lago (AUS) ( TrueNicks , SRO ) is one of the premier stallions standing in Australia this year. The son of Fairy King has amassed a sensational record at stud with 6.3% stakes winners to foals and 7.6% stakes winners to runners (up... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Jun 10, 2013 | 6 Comments

A Classic Case of Coincidence?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 10:40 AM

The interpretation of Thoroughbred pedigrees is no simple matter. The multi-factorial elements that might be considered include nicks, inbreeding, linebreeding, the positions of ancestors relative to one another, the relationship of the pedigree to the female line, and the class of the individuals involved. Given the volume of the data, and the difficulty of... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | May 29, 2013 | 12 Comments

A.P. Indy and Stallion Ratings

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 9:50 AM

The wins of Orb in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Princess of Sylmar in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) further solidified the pensioned Lane's End stallion A.P. Indy as the premier sire line source of classic speed in the North American Thoroughbred. Indeed, with Normandy Invasion (by Tapit ( TrueNicks , SRO )), Dreaming of Julia, and Revolutionary (out of an A.P... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | May 07, 2013 | 16 Comments

Filly 'Same Cross' is Bred on the Right Cross

Thursday, February 14, 2013 2:25 PM

This morning I spoke briefly with Brereton Jones of Airdrie Stud, who alerted me to a homebred filly of his with a very clever name. She is by Airdrie stallion Proud Citizen ( TrueNicks , SRO ) out of the winning Langfuhr ( TrueNicks , SRO ) mare Saramar—the exact same cross as Mr. Jones' Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner and champion 3-year-old filly Proud Spell... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Feb 14, 2013 | 4 Comments

Dream Fulfilled

Wednesday, September 05, 2012 1:00 PM

With Danedream flashing her credentials for a shot at back-to-back victories in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) with a score in the Grosser Preis von Baden (Ger-I) at the weekend, we thought it was worth a look back at her pedigree from this article we wrote for the International Thoroughbred after her win in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes in... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Sep 05, 2012 | 8 Comments

Gary Hadden Discusses Mating of Reckless Abandon

Thursday, August 23, 2012 5:00 PM

Last weekend was an exciting one for bloodstock consultant Gary Hadden ( haddenbloodstock.com ). Gary recommended the mating that produced Reckless Abandon, a son of Exchange Rate ( TrueNicks , SRO ) who won Sunday's Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) and solidified himself as the top European 2-year-old. The colt previously took the Norfolk Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Aug 23, 2012 | 7 Comments

Kauai Katie: Repeating the Pattern

Thursday, August 16, 2012 11:30 AM

It's still very early in the season for serious juvenile competition, but there is no doubt that one of the most impressive 2-year-old fillies seen to date is Kauai Katie. Successful by 12 lengths on her debut ( video ), the Stonestreet Stable color-bearer returned to action at Saratoga in the Adirondack Stakes (gr. II), and captured the 6 1/2-furlong event by... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Aug 16, 2012 | 5 Comments

Planets Aligned

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 11:45 AM

It would be reasonable to suggest that while time may prove Coolmore stallion Galileo superior to his breed-shaping sire Sadler's Wells, with the exception of siring a group I winner over 4000m (which Sadler's Wells did in the form of the brilliant Yeats), right now Galileo is every bit as good a classic sire as his father. Like many elite stallions, Galileo... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Jul 17, 2012 | 5 Comments

Chichicastenango's Never Bend Affinity

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 4:45 PM

A few weeks ago, when looking at the emerging French second year sire Turtle Bowl , we noted that he conformed to something of a recent trend in France, the appearance of a number of good sires with relatively unfashionable pedigrees, other examples that come to mind including Linamix (by Mendez), Muhtathir (by Elmaamul), and Chichicastenango (by Smadoun). The... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 13, 2012 | 5 Comments

Taking Charge of the Pedigree

Thursday, April 05, 2012 4:45 PM

The most recent weekend saw two Kentucky Derby (gr. I) preps with $1 million purses, and both resulted in upsets. The Florida Derby (gr. I, video ) seeing longtime Derby favorite Union Rags and the well-regarded El Padrino finish third and fourth, respectively, behind gate-to-wire scorer Take Charge Indy. The Louisiana Derby (gr. II, video ) fell to another pacesetter... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Apr 05, 2012 | 7 Comments

Speed No Secret, Aptitude an Enigma

Thursday, March 22, 2012 11:45 AM

Continuing on the Secret Circle theme from today's Blood-Horse Pedigree Weekly Newsletter , there is certainly no question about the speed and courage possessed by this 2012 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hopeful. Secret Circle's potential distance capacity – a weekend win in the 8½ furlong Rebel Stakes (gr. II) not withstanding – remains something of a mystery. If our... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Mar 22, 2012 | 8 Comments

El Padrino's Breeder Takes Realistic Approach

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 3:00 PM

We're always happy to see TrueNicks customers succeed on the racetrack, and we were especially thrilled when Derby prospect El Padrino won the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) over the weekend. Emory Hamilton, breeder of El Padrino, uses TrueNicks broodmare reports for her mares, and a report for El Padrino's dam, Enchanted Rock, identified Pulpit ( TrueNicks , SRO... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Feb 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Congrats on the Freshman Title?

Monday, December 13, 2010 12:00 PM

Congrats, photo by Louise Reinagel With the impressive victory of his daughter Turbulent Descent in the Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I), Congrats ( TrueNicks , SRO ) may well have sewn up the 2010 freshman sire’s race. The winner’s purse of $245,550 propelled him into what may well be an uncatchable lead over Bluegrass Cat ( TrueNicks , SRO ) (out of a mare... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Dec 13, 2010 | 9 Comments

Euro Classic Influences Impact Blame & Zenyatta

Friday, November 19, 2010 12:00 PM

Only a few weeks ago we were reflecting in MarketWatch how the U.S. dirt horse–the core of the North American commercial thoroughbred– had evolved into a horse that was very different from the European turf runner. It that light, it's somewhat ironic that the two horses that fought out the heart-stopping run to the line in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) have... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Nov 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

Take Two on Pica Slew

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 10:20 AM

The saying is that “great minds thing alike,” but sometimes, and especially with horses, there is more than one way to the same destination. We didn't have time or space to cover her in detail in our U.S. weekend round up, but one recent example is Pica Slew , who stamped herself as one of the leaders of the three-year-old filly sprint division by running a 101... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Jul 14, 2010 | 5 Comments

Dubawi, the Heir Apparent?

Friday, May 07, 2010 12:00 PM

The loss of the brilliant Dubai Millennium to grass sickness after just one year at stud was mitigated somewhat when his son Dubawi (IRE) ( TrueNicks , SRO ) turned out to be an outstanding performer. A winner of five of his eight starts, Dubawi took the Superlative Stakes (gr. III) and National Stakes (gr. I) at two, and won the Irish 2,000 Guineas (gr. I) and... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | May 07, 2010 | 1 Comment

Super Saver a Tribute to His Late Sire

Thursday, May 06, 2010 7:00 AM

It was clear at the time that the death of Maria’s Mon – at the early age of 14 – was a severe loss to the industry, and subsequent events have only emphasized that fact. Champion of what turned out to be an exceptional juvenile crop, Maria’s Mon won four of his five starts at two, including the Sanford Stakes (gr. III), Futurity Stakes (gr. I), and Champagne... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | May 06, 2010 | 6 Comments

It's All Relative

Friday, February 05, 2010 11:22 AM

Last weekend was relatively light on graded stakes action in the U.S., with just three races at that level. Two of the three, however, went to horses with interesting genetic relative inbreeding. Medaglia d'Oro ( TrueNicks , SRO )’s “other” grade I winning filly, Gabby’s Golden Gal, took her second race at that level, the Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I). She is... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Feb 05, 2010 | 2 Comments

A Crowded Family Portrait

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 2:46 PM

We have to wonder if there has been a more prolific family in the last couple of years than that of the Verbatim mare, Right Word, the dam of three stakes winners: the graded scorer Ascutney and Words of War (both by Lord At War) and Word o’ Ransom (by Red Ransom). Ascutney is dam of two graded winners, headed by Raven’s Pass, winner of the 2008 Breeders’ Cup... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Jan 26, 2010 | 1 Comment

On the Road

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 3:24 PM

It’s only the third week in January, but the classic generation are already beginning to crank up. As far as the Derby is concerned the most significant race was the San Rafael Stakes (gr. III). This was won by unbeaten Conveyance, a son of Indian Charlie ( TrueNicks , SRO ). The dam, Emptythetill, is by Holy Bull ( TrueNicks , SRO ) , out of a Mr. Prospector... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Jan 19, 2010 | 2 Comments

Keep On Rolling

Thursday, January 07, 2010 9:30 AM

Giant's Causeway ( TrueNicks , SRO ) celebrated his first Leading Sire crown in appropriate fashion, notching up his twenty-third stakes winner of the year when Tiger’s Rock captured the Gallant Fox Handicap at Aqueduct on December 31. This was the first stakes win for the three-year-old, who is out of the Afleet mare, Call Me Fleet (TrueNicks rated A ). What... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Jan 07, 2010 | 0 Comments

The Few The Proud

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 10:49 AM

We must admit, we did a double-take when we saw the pedigree line for the Malibu Stakes (gr. I) winner, M One Rifle, as the name of his sire, One Man Army, rang absolutely no bells whatsoever. It turns out that we weren’t having a senior moment, as One Man Army has very much been flying under the radar. Although not bred by Fred Hooper, One Man Army has a pedigree... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Dec 29, 2009 | 3 Comments

A Lucky Pair With Three of a Kind

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 6:26 PM

There was a 'lucky' ending to the last major two-year-old contests of the year with Looking At Lucky taking the Cashcall Futurity (gr. I) and Blind Luck the Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I). Lookin At Lucky is a son of Smart Strike ( TrueNicks , SRO ) , who won’t repeat his Leading Sire titles of 2007 and 2009, but who has had enjoyed another excellent season... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Dec 22, 2009 | 3 Comments

Not Your Father's Cross

Thursday, December 17, 2009 5:10 PM

We were interested to note the victory of Apapane in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), the most important contest for two-year-old females in Japan. The race has been won in recent years by such stars as Buena Vista and Vodka, and Apapane was scoring for the third straight time in four starts. Apapane (TrueNicks rated A++ ) is by Kingmambo ( TrueNicks , SRO... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Dec 17, 2009 | 3 Comments

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